Trey Gowdy, former South Carolina Congressman, has said a few things about
the military in response to a question from an equality-focused CNN
reporter about the DoD ban of transgenders joining the US armed forces.
“Nobody has a ‘right’ to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes
people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far
The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens
from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too
tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for
missing or additional fingers.
Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished?
Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias?
Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identification
as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair?
Can't run the required course in the required time? Can't do the
required number of push-ups? Not really a ‘morning person’ and refuse to
get out of bed before noon? All can be reasons for denial.
The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a
liability. Did someone just scream ‘That isn't Fair’?
War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or
challenged or socially wonderful.
YOU change yourself to meet Military standards… Not the other way around.
I say again: You don't change the Military... you must change yourself.
The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The
Military needs to Win Wars.
If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from
readiness or lethality... Thank you for applying and good luck in future